Fr-SYM-623-2 - A Co-Evolution Model Of Newcomers’ Psychological Contract Formation And Social Networks

Psychological Contracts
Friday May 19   03:00 PM to 04:00 PM (1 hour)
Employment relations
Psychological contracts
A co-evolution model of newcomers’ psychological contract formation and social networks
C. Erdem 1,*
1London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom
Main Abstract Content: Psychological contract (PC) has been studied as an explanatory framework for the employment relationship to predict and understand employee attitudes and behaviours. Whilst extensive research has focused on the outcomes of the PC, there has been a paucity of research examining the actual formation of it. The purpose of this conceptual paper is to fill this knowledge gap by introducing a co-evolution model that conceptualizes the concurrent formation of newcomers’ PCs and social relationships.
Model development and theoretical mechanisms are explained in detail. Asserting propositions explain how newcomers make sense of information they gathered from pre-entry to post-socialization, leading from pre-entry expectations and social interactions to the formation of PCs and social networks, respectively. A novel methodology called SIENA (Statistical Investigation for Empirical Network Analysis) is introduced. SIENA is designed to analyse various types of networks and behaviour data as co-dependent variables and makes it possible to simulate the co-evolution of social networks and PC formation.
Implications include effective management of new employees’ PCs from the formation stage, therefore, potentially prevent future perceptions of PC breach and related negative employee outcomes.
This conceptual paper extends earlier research by explaining how and why the nature of newcomers’ relationships influence newcomers’ PC formation. Moreover, we integrated social networks and PC literatures and move both beyond examining the joint formation of social networks and PCs, and the extent to which there is co-evolution.

London School of Economics and Political Science
PhD Candidate

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